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brave americans in cia and other places. believe me, i am focused as a laysier on the issue of the ied threat. >> my name is up, thank you, madam chairman. >> thank you. before you start, senator, a vote is due to start at 4:00. it's five after 4:00. senator chambliss went to vote. as soon as he returned, i will go. we will just keep this going so members be guided by that. >> this is my wonderful, beautiful wife kathy who has been my spouse for 34 years and my partner in my work, and my brother thomas also is hear from new jersey. >> we would like to welcome you and we know that not only will you serve but your entire family has served and will continue to srve and i'm going to echo the remarks of my colleague senator warner thanking the people of the central intelligence agency for what they do every day in every way working often in a way that is not known, not recognized and, quite frankly, not always appreciated. top human spy agency to make sure we have no strategic surprises. that it has become more and more executing paramilitary operations, and i discussed this with you in our
in terrorist attacks that would claim hundreds of american drives in lebanon including a 49-year-old cia officers named bob ames, killed during a brief visit to our embassy in beirut and who at the time was my boss at the cia. during my 25 year career at cia i watched up close and participated in history being made in far off corners of the world and cia fulfilled its critical intelligence role collecting intelligence, uncovering secrets, identifying threats, partnering with foreign intelligence and security services, analyzing complicated developments abroad and carrying out covert action and attempting to forecast events yet to happen, all in an effort to protect our people and to strengthen america's national security. and throughout my career, i had the great fortune to experience firsthand as well as to witness what it means to be a cia officer. such as an analyst who had the daunting task and tremendous responsibility to take incomplete and frequently contradictory information and advise the senior-most of our government about the foreign, political and economic developments or an
americans in c.i.a. believe me, i'm focused on the ied threat and mr.al siri. >> my time's up. >> thank you, senator rich. senator mccull ski. before you start, senator, a vote is due to start at 4:00. it's 5 after 4:00, senator chambliss went to vote. as soon as he returns, i will do. we'll keep this going. >> voting just started. please go ahead. >> mr. brennan, welcome to the committee and in the short time i have, you've mentioned your wife, kathy, could you introduce her to us? >> this is my wonderful, beautiful wife, kathy, who has my spouse 34 years and my partner in my work and my brother, thomas. >> we would like to to welcome you. we know not only would you serve but your entire will serve. i echo the remarks of my colleagues, senator warner, thanking the people of the central intelligence agency for what they do every day working often in a way that is not known, not recognized, and frankly not always appreciated. let me get to my questions. i have been concerned for some time that there is a changing nature of the c.i.a. that instead of it being america's top spy agency, top hum
the activities of the cia and the other elements of the intelligence committee to ensure that they're being carried out effectively and lawfully and successfully and without regard to partisanship. i would endeavor to keep this committee fully informed, not only because it's required by law, but because you can neither performer in function or mission of the cia if you're kept in the dark, and i know that irrespective of the fullness of that dialogue, there will be occasions when we disagree. just as you disagree yourself on the past and activities of the cia. such disagreement is healthy and a necessary part of our democratic process. but such should never keep us from carry out national security and. it could have devastating consequences for the safety of all americans. during my courtesy calls with many of you, i heard represented references to our trust deficit which has existed at times between this communit committeee cia. it would be wholly unacceptable to me. and i would make it a goal on day one of my tenure and every day thereafter to strengthen the trust between us. i have a rep
hundreds of american lives in lebanon including a 49-year-old cia officer named bob ames killed in a brief visit to our embassy in beirut and who at the time was my boss at cia. during my 25-year career at cia, i watched up close and participated in history being made in far off corners of the world. as cia fulfilled the critical intelligence roles, collecting intelligence, uncovering secrets, identifying threats, partnering with foreign intelligence and security agencies, carrying out covert action and attempting to forecast events yet to happen, all in an effort to protect our people and to strengthen america's national security. and throughout my career, i had the great fortune to experience firsthand and to witness what it means to be a cia officer. such as an analyst, who has the daunting task and tremendous responsibility to take incomplete and frequently contradictory information and advise the senior most policymakers of our government about foreign, political, military and economic developments. our an operations officer whose job it is to find and obtain the elusive secret that i
's nominee for director of the cia, john brennan, followed by defense secretary leon panetta, and martin dempsey testified on the attacks in benghazi, libya, and later, the farewell ceremony for defense secretary panetta. john brennan, president obama's nominee for cia director testifying to the intelligence committee, answering questions on the targeted killing program and his role as counterterrorism advisor to president bush. the confirmation hearing was interrupted several times by protesters. they were forced to reset for several minutes to clear the room. [captions copyright nationalcable satellite corp. 2013] [captioning performed bynational captioning institute] police. will the capitol police now come in and clear the room. all signs out. [indiscernible] if the capitol police will clear the room, please. [indiscernible] [indiscernible] please clear the room. [indiscernible] please clear the room. [indiscernible] all right, i think we should clear the entire room and then let people back in. what do you think? >> we need more capital police. >> yeah, let's -- [indiscernible] ok,
expanses of asia to the great cities of europe, and all countries and regions in between, cia officers were there. sometimes in force. sometimes virtually standing alone. and for those 25 years, it was a great honor for me to be a cia officer. as i knew that the agency's contributions to this country's security as invaluable as they were innumerable. i had the good fortune of other opportunities professionally. for three years as president and chief executive officer of a private sector company learning firsthand very important lessons about fiduciary responsibility and sound business practices. and for the past four years i have had the privilege to serve as the president's porinciple policy adviser in that role i have had the opportunity to work daily with some of the finest americans i have ever met, from the intelligence, military, homeland security, law enforcement and diplomatic communities who have dedicated their lives to the safety and security of fellow americans. it is because of the work of those americans serving dmixally and especially those serving in dangerous places abroad
intelligence to recommend who the cia director should be to the president of the united states. i am aware of general clapper -- the dni's letter, endorsing your nomination, which is different from his actually recommending to the president that you be chosen. to your knowledge, did general clapper recommend to the president that he be nominated for this position? >> i know for certain that he made a recommendation, but i would defer to general clapper to tell you what that recommendation is. >> thank you. >> senator heinrich? >> thank you for your service to this country and welcome you to the committee. and should you be confirmed, i would like to start by just inviting you to visit to mexico at some point and in particular sandia and los alamos national labs, because while you often do not hear about the contributions they make to our intelligence community, i can assure you that that support is vital to keeping our nation safe. i have a few questions, and forgive me if some of these return to some of the things you have heard from other senators. i want to start with your november 2007
of the c.i.a. and continue to work with in this capacity. and i always found him to be very responsible about how we can effectively conduct operations against al qaeda and against those that would attack this country. he is somebody a straight shooter, somebody who gives you his best opinion. he doesn't play games. he's someone who i think can really honestly represent the best protection of this country in that job. >> thank you very much. and i want to thank you for your forth right comments today about the sequester. ironically as what you said in your statement, it appears the greatest threat to the united states security is the united states congress. thank you, mr. secretary. >> thank you. let me mention this, after senator nelson, the first round will be over. there may be a number of us who may want a few minutes on the second round and you two witnesses have been here for three hours and you may need a five or 10-minute break. do you want that following senator nelson or go right through? i can't guarantee how many senators will come back and want two or three minutes each. >>
, the nominee to the cia, testified today at his confirmation hearing. the topic of drone strikes came app. dianne feinstein said she will look into new legislation to govern overseas strikes. there was an interruption by protesters. it is three and a half hours. >> you are a disgrace to democracy. >> if the police will clear the room, please. will clear the room, please. [indiscernible] [shouting continues] >> [indiscernible] please clear the room. >> [indiscernible] please clear the room. [protest continues] all right, i think we should clear the entire room and then let people back in. what do you think? >> we need more capital police. >> yeah, let's -- [indiscernible] ok, we will try and start. ok, we will i am going to began this -- begin this hearing, and let me say right up front that the process is that people are respectful, that they do not shout, they do not hiss, they do not show signs, that this is to listen. if that is a problem for anybody, i ask you to leave their room now. -- the room now. what we will do is remove you from the room. let there be no doubt. so if i may, i w
you to run for governor i think of california. then cia director and then secretary of defense. it is you, jim baker, donald rumsfeld, dick cheney, you're on this mount rushmore of guys that have held every office other than the president. >> it's been a hell of a ride. i really enjoyed it. in many ways. you know, it's kind of the son of italian immigrants i've kind of lived the american dream, which is i've gotten a lot of opportunities to serve the country. and i've been able to do some great things. i really, you know, in the end i used to ask my father why as an immigrant he came to the united states. he said because we wanted to make sure our children had a better life. i hope that that's my legacy that in some way in all those jobs i gave our children a better life. >> i want to ask you a little about all of it, but i want to start with we've now had back-to-back secretary of defense that did a stint as head of the cia. how important was that stint? having that experience at the cia, how does -- how are future secretary of defenses -- what are they missing by not knowing
. >> protesters repeatedly disrupt the confirmation hearing of obama's nominee for cia director john brennan over his support for drones and the targeted killings of u.s. citizens. >> people that were standing up here today, i think they really have a misunderstanding of what we do as a government and the care we take, and the agony we go through to make sure we do not have any collateral injuries or deaths. >> 8 codepink protesters are arrested. we will speak with the group's founder who after returning from pakistan to protest drones, personally went to the house of john brennan, not on the door. he invited her in. we will find out what they talked about. you also speak with jeremy scahill, author of the forthcoming book and movied andirty wars," and melvin goodman, author of, "national insecurity: the cost of american militarism." all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. john brennan, president of and is picked to head the cia, defended the administration's controversial counterterrorism policies during his senate co
>>> former division chief of the cia office of soviet affairs argues that our current level of spending on defense is excessive and is making us less secure. this 45 minute program is next on book tv. >> thank you for that introduction and for the invitation to come out here to discuss the book. let me say a few things on why i wrote the book in the first place. several years ago, bob gates the secretary of defense noted before he announced he was going to leave the administration that he was going to go back to the state of washington. this is someone i followed closely over the years. i testified against him in 1991 when he was nominated to be the cia director. and as an obama supporter of course i was shocked to find out who was crowned be kept on as obama secretary of defense but when he told people i found interesting and was the major reason i wanted to write this book and what he said was we are moving towards a smaller military that will do fewer things and be able to go fewer places which he felt was a terrible thing and he added i don't want to be a part of that ki
confirmation hearing to the cia -- be cia director. he faced a number of questions about the enhanced interrogation techniques. the targeted killing program and the use of drones. diane feinstein gavels in the hearing after an interruption from protesters. >> i ask that this room be cleared right now with the capitol police -- will the capitol police please come in and clear a room? -- clear the room? all signs out. if the capitol police will clear a room, please. [indiscernible] >> please clear the room. please clear the room. all right. we should clear the entire room and let people back in. >> we need more capitol police is what we need. will trylet's -- we and start. [gavel] >> begin this hearing and let me say right up front that the process is that people are respectful, that they cannot tear, they do not hiss, they do not show signs. this is to listen. if that is a problem for anybody ask you to leave the room now. because what we will do is remove you from the room. let there be no doubt. so if i may, i would like to begin. the committee meets today in open session to consider
. >> the man the president wants to run the c.i.a. defends his role in america's use of drones to kill terrorists. this is "special report" >> good evening, i'm chris wallis. he had to deal with the uproar today over two controversial tools in the long war on terror. enhanced interrogation of suspects and the use of drones to kill american targets. john brennan faced a senate panel in his bid for the top job at the c.i.a. chief congressional correspond sent mike emmanuel tells to us did not take long for the fireworks to start. good evening, mike. >> good evening. i should note the hearing just wrapped up, but john brennan has been in a unique position, answering for techniques used in the bush war on terror and obama insider on the use of drones to kill terrorists, a hearing that got off to a bumpy start. >> they won't tell congress what country we are killing children -- >> please. >> john brennan's confirmation hearing was interrupted five times by code pink protesters before the room was cleared. brennan has taken heat from liberals as architect of the obama drone program and its k
for the second term at a gathering of house democrats. then cia director nominee john brennan testifies at his confirmation hearing. >> the church is boston's most visited historical site. 500,000 people, every year. not because of our pews or are incredible organ. they come here because of the even set happen -- even's that happen. what most people do not realize is what did happen in 1775 is still a genuine historical mystery. we have very few records about what actually occurred on the night that paul revere's plan was carried out in this very church. we know that there was a plan, set up ahead of time with members of the charlestown militia across the way. he set it up on sunday. but what we do not know is who helped mr. revere to carry out that plan. >> the mystery of boston's old north church plant hangers. sunday at 7:00 pm eastern and pacific on c-span three. >> having observed a steady improvement in the opportunities and well-being of our citizens, i can report to you that the state of this old but youthful union is good. >> once again, in keeping with time-honored tradition i have c
for john brennan, president obama's nominee to heat cia, it was held in the intelligence committee in the senate, right? well, specifically it's called the u.s. senate select committee on intelligence. this committee was not created until 1976. it was created specifically in response to the recommendations of the church committee. the church committee was a special senate investigation led by idaho senator frank church. it was formed in 1975. their work took nine months and 150 staffers. they produced a two-foot-thick report in may 1976 that said, among other things, that we need congress to oversee intelligence in this country. the way we are overseeing it now is not working. and you know why we can tell that oversight is not working? because the cia keeps killing people. or trying to kill people in other countries that we are not at war with. the cia at the time had taken it upon itself, it wasn't clear if they were acting alone or at various presidents' direction, but they had taken on the job of assassinations in foreign countries. assassinations and attempted assassinations. a
to head the cia, we will look at his role in the government's secretive post-9/11 rendition program. we will speak with amrit sing, author of the new report, "globalizing torture: cia secret detention and extraordinary rendition." >> the american public needs to know what its government did. grabbing people off the street, flying them to secret cia prisons to be locked up, shut out, held in detention and subjected to interrogation, and many instances that amounted to torture. >> then radio ambulante and the power of radio. >> we begin at the world's busiest border crossing in tijuana. it is rush hour and a mass exodus into the u.s., each with a particular mission and a baggage to prove it. summer caring suitcases, others carrying school books. >> an spanish-language radio program is showcasing compelling human stories from around latin america and the u.s. we will speak with daniel alarcÓn, author of, "lost city radio and annie correal. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the obama administration has agr
the globe. to confront these challenges, and to lead the cia through a difficult budget tear period after a decade of major budget increases, president obama nominated john brennan. his closest adviser on intelligence and counterterrorism matters for the past four years. mr. brennan is without a doubt qualified for this position. he served at the cia for 25 years. in analytical, managerial capacities. seen the agency from just about every angle. as a line analyst. as chief of station. as chief of staff to the director. and as the deputy executive director among many others. people who have worked closely with him regularly cite his work ethic. his sbintegrity and determinati. in nominating john brennan, president obama spoke of his, quote, commitment to the values that define us as americans. dni clapper in a letter of support noted his impeccable integrity and his commitment to country is second to none. so with unanimous consent, i would like to insert in to the record letters the committee has received in regard to mr. brennan's nomination. john brennan by all accounts will be a strong
of twitter and other social media. now, a former cia officials for the george w. bush administration defend the use of enhanced interrogations' in the search for osama bin laden. michael hitt and joins former cia counsel who provides the bush administration on interrogations'. . and jose rodriguez. the american enterprise institute hosts this 90 minute of that. >> good morning. welcome to this morning's panel. separating fact from fiction. i am a member of a task force on detention and interrogation policy. captain bigelow's recent film sparked controversy. recentryn bigelow's film sparked controvery. its graphic depiction of eight torture. for the most part, the outrage has come from the left. you are a conservative like me, when you see the washington left with the hollywood left, your temptation is to sit back and destroyed a fight. -- and enoy the fight. that is why many of the cia and defenders and supporters stayed out of this debate. i interrupt while the progressives are fighting it out. but the fact is, culture matters. many americans will form their opinions based on what they see
. there were directly involved in the cia integration and detention program. also the hunt for osama bin laden. mike is the former director of the national security agency and the director of the intelligence agency. i got to know him back in 2006, when i was asked to write the president's speech revealing the existence of the interrogation program. he was very kind to give me access to all the intelligence and introduced me to the men and women who conducted the interrogation. but he is not only one of the smartest people i know. he is one of the most compelling witnesses. when he came into the office, the program had been suspended. he was not involved in its initial creation. he conducted a partial assessment. he gathered all the information and had to advise the president whether or not to restart it. he concluded he could not advise the president not to have an interrogation program. we will ask him to explain why that is. jose rodriguez is the former director of the cia service. he was an undercover officer, becoming the head of the cia's counter-terrorism center. including the interroga
the president's nominee to run the cia will appear before the intelligence committee in the senate for confirmation hearing. congressional oversight on national security and war. the executive branch recognizing that this is a rest of the government too, even on national security. oh what a feeling. joining us now is andrea mitching, nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent and the host of andrea mitchell reports on nbc. thanks very much for being here. so why now? how big a change in course is this for the administration? >> dianne feinstein, the chair of the committee yesterday still saying yesterday they wanted the original documents. then today on our program at 1:00, the house chairman who carries a lot of weight about and has is very supportive, a former fbi guy, a republican, though, said he also thought the original memos should be turned over, that the white paper that had been turned over to them last summer that michael isikoff uncovered and reported first on your show was not good enough. that it needed to finally be the actual legal guidance that was turned over to th
years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated at an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions about drone strikes targeting american citizens, including anwar al awlaki. born in new mexico and killed in yemen in 2011. he allegedly directed the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up an airliner over detroit in 2009. but awlaki was never charged with a crime. nbc news has obtained this confidential 16-page justice department memo that concludes lethal strikes against u.s. citizens who are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self-defense. >> we only take these kinds of actions when there's an imminent threat, when capture is not feasible, and when we are confident that we're doing so in a way that's consistent with federal and international la
. incoming cia chief john brennan has defended his country's controversial drone program. he was one of the architects of the scheme, which has drawn criticism from human rights groups in the us and across the globe. >> the hearing to confirm john brennan as head of the cia got off to a rocky start. activists protested against the us drone program, which brennan helped to create. lawmakers have been frustrated for years by the white house's secrecy, but it's policy of targeted killings -- by its policy of targeted killings, a policy that he defended in its -- in strong terms. >> i think there is a misunderstanding of what we do as a government and the care we take in the agony we go through to make sure that we do not have any collateral -- the care that we take and the agony we go through to make sure that we do not have any collateral damage. >> memos were provided to congress before the hearing. concerns remain. >> the idea of giving any president unfettered power to kill an american without checks and balances -- that is so troubling. every american has the right to know when th
congress finds a way. >> john brennan, the cia, and drone strikes. >> i never think it is better to kill a terrorist than to detain him. >> marco rubio, savior of the republican party, and immigration debate. >> this is about getting it right for the american people and those suffering under an immigration system that does not work well for anybody. >> after lights go out at the super bowl, thoughts about the nation's crumbling infrastructure. >> we lost lights. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> punxsutawney phil did not see his shadow this year, which means spring will come early. tell that to the folks in bosto ried in sn. the subject once again is the federal budget, federal debt, and the word that strikes fear it all over the hearts of d.c. and the suburbs, sequestration. >> it gives new meaning to the term "march madness," wbecause that is what will result if we face the sequester. >> the president did not want to have to deal with the debt limit again before his reelection. >> we wilfurlough as manys 800,000 dod civilians around the country for up
. john brennan has worked first in the c.i.a. and then as counterterrorism advisor but he will face questioning about that from enhanced interrogation to drone controversy. chief correspondent says it may get rough. >> facing a backlash over the targeted killing program the white house insisted the nominee to head the c.i.a. is not in trouble. >> the president believes that the senate should and will confirm john brennan expeditious >> reporter: john brennan described as architect of the expanded drone campaign is now in the crosshairs of republicans democrats and mr. obama's traditional support others the left. >> it's a program that used very minimally by president bush. now there are over 3,000 civilians who have been killed in this program. >> on brennan's watch, anwar al-awlaki was the first american successfully targeted for death in september 2011. two weeks later his son was killed in a drone strike. >> i think it's fair to say, far fewer civilians lose their lives in an effort to go after senior leadership and al-qaeda along the lines we are discussing as opposed to an effo
formerly held in secret cia prisons overseas. all five of the men were held in such prisons abroad and reportedly tortured before arriving at guantanamo in 2006. defense lawyers had asked for permission to stay for two nights in cells next to their clients in order to witness conditions there. a judge rejected the request but said they can stay for up to 12 hours. we'll have more on guantanamo is we spend the hour with one of the first military officers assigned to prosecute prisoners there. nato leaders are reportedly considering a plan to continue funding an afghan security force of 352,000 troops for another four years, reversing previous plans to reduce afghan troop levels at the end of 2014. the cost of funding the current number of afghan security forces is roughly $6.5 billion per year, the bulk of its is provided by the united states. a plan backed by nato last year would have reduced the number of afghan security forces by roughly one third, cutting the annual cost down by about $2 billion. but nato officials now appear to be wavering on that plan, saying funding at the cu
at global involvement in the cia secret program of prisons, rendition and torture in the years after 9/11. the open society justice initiative says 54 countries aided the cia until president obama halted the program in 2009. the report also reveals that at least 136 people were held by the cia during those years -- the largest tally to date. the countries' assistance ranged from allowing cia planes to refuel to hosting the prisons where the detainees were tortured. the report's authors said -- the report comes as an italian appeals court has reversed a lower court decision acquitting three cia agents involved in the 2003 kidnapping of a muslim cleric. abu omar was seized in the streets of milan in 2003, taken to u.s. bases in italy and germany before being sent to egypt where he suffered torture during a four-year imprisonment. the reversal means all 26 tried in the case had been found guilty in italy. none have been extradited, but are subject to arrest if they travel in europe. the justice department is filing civil charges against the credit rating agency standard and poor's for imp
's nominee to head the cia faced tough questioning yesterday about waterboarding during the bush years when he was at the cia and the current white house's huge expansion under his direction of targeted killings by drones. >> your view seems to be that even if we could save american lives by detaining more terrorists, using only traditional techniques, it would be better to kill them with a drone or let them go free rather than detain them. can you explain the logic in that argument? >> i respectfully disagree, senator. i never believe it's better to kill a terrorist than to detain him. we want to detain as many terrorists as possible so we can elicit the intelligence from them in the appropriate manner so that we can disrupt following terrorist attacks. >> joining us is john mclaughlin, the cia's acting director and with john hopkins school of studies. thank you for being with us. you were a career cia person, and you know the drill. it's very clear that absent anything occurring that we don't know about that john brennan is going to be the cia director. do you think that this conversation
to the american c.i.a. and with that exception the movie is very good. but, um, ben affleck's character in the film was only--he was only in tehran a day and a half. and the main hero in my opinion was ken taylor, who was the canadian ambassador, who orchestrated the entire process. >> michael: you know, it may age me or show that i was a dork even when i was a kid but i do remember with in a story that ken taylor's name was everyone where. you heard for a week whatever that news cycle was you heard ken taylor all the time. i understand what president carter is staying that the canadians did not get enough credit. what would a c.i.a. movie be without michael solomon and lindsay moran. i'll go to you first lindsay how do you feel about president carter saying that the c.i.a. was overcreditted for the work they did on this? >> first of all it's the c.i.a. and it's hollywood. there was a reason why canada was publicly credited, because we were trying to hide the c.i.a. hand in the separation until it was declassified. i just loved the move "argo" because it's kind of one of those rare c.i.
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